“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Deuteronomy 3:22-23.
What do you do when you have a problem that is just too big? Our immediate reaction is to try to fix the problem or at least to make it smaller. It is hard to resist trying to take care of it. But sometimes the challenge in front of us is way too big for us. It is in these times when faith is tested.
The prophet Jeremiah had some hard times. Jeremiah preached for 40 years, and not once did he see any real success in changing or softening the hearts and minds of his people. The difficulties he encountered, as described in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations have prompted scholars to refer to him as “the weeping prophet.” Jeremiah was called by God to give prophesy of Jerusalem’s destruction that would occur by invaders from the north. God kept His promise to bring disaster on His rebellious people. The King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, sacked and destroyed the city of Jerusalem. Jeremiah was there. He saw it with his own eyes. And his eyes were full of tears.
And Jeremiah wrote about his suffering in the book of Lamentations. Lamentations 3:20 says, “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.” Most of us have been in that position once in our lives. Many of the characters in the Bible stand as a stark example that life following Jesus will not be a bed of roses. The Bible paints a realistic picture of life which includes suffering and sadness. But then you come to verses 21-23: “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this… God’s faithfulness is great.
Maybe you don’t feel like that right now and it is affecting your faith. Maybe God seems distant.
Even when it doesn’t feel like it, God’s faithfulness is great. And His faithfulness never fails. Verse 23 says, “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Every morning even weekends and holidays, God has promised new mercies every morning. We know they are there. We can count on them. So we have to go looking for them.
Not just on Sunday when you attend church, but every day. God keeps His promises. Whatever He has said, He will do. It may not be in our preferred time period. It may not even be what we asked for. But He is faithful and we need to have the type of big faith.
Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you? Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good. In other words, imagine what it would be like to to live a faith-filled, big thinking life.
- What is your standard reaction when challenges become too big for you to handle alone?
- In all the ways that you could respond to God, the most important thing that God is asking you to do is to trust Him. Agree or disagree and why?
- Is faith the same thing as trust?
- What can we do this week to have a faith filled, big thinking life?